Norton Poetry Readathon - 2

(A chronicle of an attempted read through of The Norton Anthology of Poetry - 2,182 pages and 1,828 poems.)

Even the longest poetry book begins with a single poem and in the case of The Norton Anthology of Poetry that poem is Caedmon's Hymn.

The poem said to date from the latter half of the seventh century and I've seen it credited at the first English poem and its creator touted as the first English poet. Which seems rather arbitrary but who am I to quibble about the finer points of English poetry of 13 centuries ago?

In any event, Caedmon's Hymn is a brief work in Old English (translated, thankfully) that takes a rather metaphysical look at the creator and creation and it worth a look, if only for the novelty of the thing.

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